I loved meeting all the other volunteers from around the world. At Wainui at any one time there was a core group of 10-12 volunteers from New Zealand, North America and Europe. I really enjoyed being able to explore New Zealand and truly appreciate how beautiful the country is.
I have learned all kinds of skills during my time here and had all kinds of incredible and valuable life experiences. However I think the main skill I have developed here is communication. Learning Japanese by being constantly surrounded by native speakers is amazing. It is very different and more effective than formal lessons and much more interactive.
I’ve learned so much by living and working in Fiji for 11 months, the type of education I could never have hoped to have back home and it has certainly made me think much more about what’s truly important in life. You come to appreciate the importance of community and sharing and realise just how materialistic our society is back home.
Volunteering overseas doesn’t only have a positive impact on the community you are volunteering in… it’s also a fantastic way to boost your CV! We’ve come up with the four most important skills you can gain by taking part in a volunteering placement abroad, and how they can help you along in your career path.